Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: On May 10, 1775 the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia attended by the pomp and enthusiasm that anointed its sibling gathering the previous year. Some members expressed embarrassment at the outpouring of unnecessary admiration, but others were clearly pleased at the seeming overt joy attending their return to the work. While the majority had been members of the First Congress, there were some notable additions. Benjamin Franklin from Pennsylvania, John Hancock from Massachusetts, and, somewhat later, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. New York enlarged its delegation that now included five new members led by Robert Livingston. Georgia still declined to send an official representative but one parish commissioned Lyman Hall as representative.

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